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Batwoman writers leave project after DC blocks lesbian marriage

Batwoman had been engaged to her long-term girlfriend, but DC Comics ruled that gay marriage was not legal in Gotham.

Batwoman promo art by JH Williams III and WH Blackman
Batwoman promo art by JH Williams III and WH Blackman
Image: DC Comics via Wikipedia

TWO WRITERS HAVE left DC Comics after being told to nix plans to show Batwoman marrying her long-time girlfriend.

JH Williams III and WH Blackman left the project after being told that a marriage between Batwoman, Kate Kane, and her long-term girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, was not to be included in upcoming story arcs.

The two took to their blog to lay out why they left, saying:

“DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series,” said the blog post that added that the pair accepted DC’s ownership of the character.

The post continued:

We were… forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.

All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

The Batwoman series has been a critical success since it’s arrival as a self-titled series in 2010.  In issue #17, Kane proposed to Sawyer, in costume.

However, that marriage may now never come to fruition, despite Williams telling ComicsAlliance editor Andy Khouri that DC, who own franchises such as Batman and Superman, had never come out as anti-gay marriage.

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Originally introduced to silence suggestions that Batman was gay, Batwoman has become a leading light in LGBT portrayals in comic books.

The series has won two awards for its portrayal of gay characters from GLAAD.

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